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Jessica Ryan

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Jessica Ryan, Scholarly Communications Librarian


Alumnae Gymnasium 308A

Jessica Ryan AC '17 assists with the Faculty and Student Scholarship Access and Preservation project in the Smith College Libraries. She provides outreach, acquisition, dissemination and metadata activities for Smith ScholarWorks, Smith's institutional repository: a showcase and archive for scholarship and research materials created by Smith faculty, students, and staff. Jessica is an enthusiastic advocate for the larger ScholarWorks' mission, helping scholarly communities flourish through open access, quick discovery, and wide dissemination of scholarly and creative content.

Jessica is an advocate for Open Educational Resource (OER) and leads Smith's OER Team to achieve educational and programmatic services for faculty members in understanding and using OER. The team's work promotes this important burgeoning tool that address equity and inclusion issues, as well as representing a pedagogically sound solution to rising textbook costs that are responsive to changing academic landscapes.


OER Team, Neilson Staff Lounge Working Group

Publications and Presentations

Ryan, Jessica. "Breaking Through the Word Barrier: how nomenclatures can work as comprehension inhibitors.” Presentation at the New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Annual Spring Conference, April 5, 2019.

Ryan, Jessica. “Breaking Through the Word Barrier: version’s rights.” Presentation at the Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) 2019, June 18, 2019 (2018). Conscientious Objectors Digital Library. Project Manager for Conscience Objectors Digital Library.

Ryan, J. (2017). SPARQL a Primer. [online] YouTube. Available at: part one of a SPARQL tutorial.

Professional Affiliations

MLA International Bibliographer; Open Education Network (OEN) liaison to Smith; Oberlin Group of Libraries Working Group: Open and Equitable Access to Scholarship; Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) Conference Committee; The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP): SHARP19 planning committee, SHARP archivist 2019–2023

Creative Commons Certficate badge

 program recognizes proficiency in open licensing. Open licensing strengthens our collective work, building a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world through sharing open knowledge and culture. The Creative Commons (CC) Certification course is an in-depth, facilitated, and assessed learning experience on CC licenses, open practices and the ethos of artistic and knowledge commons. Participants are required to complete course readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises. Participants who demonstrate knowledge across all course content receive Certification from Creative Commons.

Office Hours

by appointment


M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College
B.A., Philosophy, Smith College AC '17
Certificate, Book Studies, Smith College

Subject Specialties

Scholarly Communications